The decision to sign Hughes is due to DT Gerald McCoy being sidelined with calf injury he sustained during Sunday’s game.
Hughes, 27, is a former third-round pick of the Browns back in 2012. He was in the second year of his five-year, $15.6 million contract and set to make a bases salary of $2.4 million for the 2016 season when the Browns cut him loose last week in a move that freed up $2.2 million in available cap space.
The Patriots signed Hughes to a contract last week before cutting him loose on Saturday.
This season, Hughes has appeared in one game for the Browns but has yet to record a single a tackle.